By James Wells
Independent Liquor Group (ILG) executive chairman Bob Bourne this week paid tribute to staff within the cooperative with a pay rise while recognising the efforts of senior staff, board colleagues and past directors of the business.
Addressing an assembly of more than 400 people representing suppliers and members from the cooperative at a sit-down lunch within the newly opened $24 million warehouse at Erskine Park, said ILG was indebted to the efforts of past and present staff.
Board colleagues recognised include deputy chairperson Maria Cowin, treasurer Paul Bottero, Barrie Woodward, Hans Sarlemyn, Fred Kelly, Steve Clark, Neville Blair and Leon Colosimo.
Bourne also paid tribute to past directors including founding executive director Peter Hall, Barry Suffling, Jim Davies, John Raymond, Hugo Pipal, Erik Clemensen, Alf Svenson, Tony Snell and Tony Rogers.
Senior staff noted for their contribution were Paul Hart, Aidan Desmond, John O’Brien, Sue Windred and Lesley Telfer.
Bourne also announced a pay rise, which will be immediately effective.
“It is pleasing to advise you that our staff and directors come from wide and varied origins which include, amongst others, English, Irish, Italian, Greek, Chinese, Filipino and Lebanese," he said
"And I announce today that with a few exceptions due to recent appointments and reviews, there will be, starting the first full pay period next Monday, an increase of 4 per cent in salaries in line with the recent CPI announcements and taking into account work practice productivity adjustments,” Bourne said.